Speaking Partner Appointment: Asking for Clarification; Decimals
Read the following information to your Speaking Partner:
Asking for Clarification (to make more understandable, clearer)
Sometimes when speaking with someone in English, you hear a word or phrase that is new to you, and you are not sure what is being said. When this happens, you can ask for clarification (an explanation to make the material more understandable). Here are some phrases you can practice:
- Have you found yourself in situations where you didn’t understand what was being said?
- Do you understand the English spoken at the Pathway Gathering?
- Do you feel uncomfortable asking people to repeat what they have said?
- What phrases above are most comfortable for you to use?
- What phrases does your Speaking Partner use most often when asking for clarification?
This week you will be learning how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals. It is important that you are able to follow the steps in English using the correct math terms. Ask your speaking partner to do the following problems out loud so you can hear and learn the words "carry" and "borrow" that are typically used when talking about adding and subtracting.
Now it’s your turn. Do the following problems out loud, using the terms “carry” and “borrow.”
Reduction of “be going to”
When using the phrase "be going to," speakers, especially in the United States, often pronounce "going to" as "gonna." They reduce the sounds.
Note: Please remember that you should not use the spoken word "gonna" in your writing; but rather, it should be written out as "going to." It is written in some of these exercises only to help you with pronunciation.
Listen to your speaking partner say the following sentences from the video lecture using the reduced pronunciation in the first three sentences and the full pronunciation of the fourth sentence. Then repeat the sentences.
- We’re gonna first talk about how to add them.
- Then, we’re gonna subtract them.
- Then, we’re gonna multiply them.
- Then, we’re going to divide them.
Now, listen to your speaking partner say the following sentences using "gonna" rather than the written form. Then repeat the sentences several times.
- We’re going to practice our math later this week.
- My sister is going to come with us.
- I’m going to study at the library.
- They aren’t going to join me.
- We’re going to times this four through the whole problem.
- The stronger one is going to win.
- We’re going to pull it all the way down to negative ten.
- We’re going to take twenty percent, which is point-two-zero.
Practice saying the following numbers in English with your speaking partner.
- 0.1 = one-tenth
- 0.2 = two-tenths
- 0.01 = one-hundredth
- 0.001 = one-thousandth
- 15.5 = fifteen and five-tenths
How do you say the following decimal numbers? You can say them two different ways. Practice both with your speaking partner.
34.8: “thirty-four point eight” OR “thirty-four and eight-tenths”